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Pilot Bread: Try Alaska’s modern day version of hardtack

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Hardtack has been an emergency ration since time immemorial. Here’s a look at pilot bread, a modern day version of hardtack widely used in rural Alaska, and why you should consider including it in your survival gear.

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Video review: O-Pen® pocket water purification system produces nothing – and that’s good!

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The measure of success for a water purifier is not getting any reaction from drinking the water purified by it. And that’s what I got after using the Roving Blue O-Pen®. Nothing.

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Review update: Danner®  Incursions – Best hot weather hiking boot?

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Use in the field and sustained wear is really the only way to evaluate footwear. I’ve been wearing these Danner® Incursions for well over a year, mostly in hot, desert environments. Here is what I found.

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Best beginner shotgun? Check out a 20 gauge single-shot break action

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Here is why a simple, single-shot shotgun may be the best choice for a beginner and a valuable addition to your preparedness battery.

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How to choose the best wool pants for winter comfort, camping and survival

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One of the first winter camping items you should get is wool pants. Here is how to pick the ones that will suit your needs best.

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Desert-tested gear that worked really well on Arizona trek

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Some people field test gear, then never do a follow-up. But the real test of product quality is over continued, sustained hard use. These products proved themselves – again – in the hot Arizona desert.

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Review: Cold Steel SRK knife has worked for me for 20+ years

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For more than 20 years, a Cold Steel SRK was my main hunting/survival knife. Inexpensive, but reliable, this knife is a good choice for beginner and advanced bushcrafters/hunters/survival types.

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L.T. Wright Genesis knife proves its worth in backcountry scout bushcraft adventure

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My former L.T. Wright Genesis, that is now in the capable hands of an active scoutmaster, proved its worth on a scout river trip.

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Review: Beretta Loveless knives – affordable quality with a classic design

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In the knife world, no name has greater respect than R.W. Loveless. Today, an original Loveless drop point hunter is spendy – and good luck trying to find one for sale! These Loveless Zytel knives by Beretta lets people on a budget get a user model of a classic design.

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Best canoe? 40+ years and this Coleman is still going strong

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Good gear is an investment. I bought my 15-foot Coleman Ram-X canoe before setting out on my 1980 Source-to-Sea voyage on the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico. The canoe is still being used. 

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